Here is what the National Hispanic Media Coalition released today:
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF
THE ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURES ARTS & SCIENCES
February 26, 2013
To the Members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences:
I write to you on behalf of the thousands of Lupe Ontiveros’ fans indignant of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences’ neglect to include Ontiveros in the Oscars in Memoriam. Lupe Ontiveros passed away last July.
We understand from the Lupe Ontiveros family that she wasn’t a member of the Academy, hence her omission from the Oscars tribute. We also understand that Lupe Ontiveros applied, with the support of Miguel Sandoval and Edward James Olmos, to be a member of the Academy and that she was denied membership. We want to know the reasons why Lupe Ontiveros was denied membership to the Academy.
It is astonishing that an actress of Ontiveros’ caliber and experience was denied membership to the Academy. Lupe worked in the entertainment industry for thirty five years, her film credits include: “El Norte,” “The Goonies,” “Selena,” “Real Women Have Curves,” “As Good as it Gets,” and “Chuck & Buck.”
As the controversy of the Academy’s omission of Lupe Ontiveros in the Oscars in Memoriam subsides, we ask that the Academy take a moment to pause and reflect on its commitment to the growing U.S. Latino talent.
President & CEO
The National Hispanic Media Coalition is a non-partisan, non-profit, media advocacy and civil rights organization established in 1986 in Los Angeles, California. Its mission is to educate and influence media corporations on the importance of including U.S. Latinos at all levels of employment. It augments the pool of Latino talent with it s professional development programs. It challenges media that carelessly exploit negative Latino stereotypes. It scrutinize and opines on media and telecommunications policy issues. Learn more at http://www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on twitter @NHMC.
In the meantime, the Facebook page of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts just posted this:
I just got off the phone with the new Diversity Chief at AMPAS (the Academy of Motion Pictures Association of America), better known as the Oscars organization. I plead the case that Lupe Ontiveros should have been acknowledged during the Oscar telecast’s “In Memoriam.” I have asked that they include Lupe Ontiveros on their website’s “In Memoriam” section. I expect that it will be done today.–Felix Sanchez, Chairman and Co-founder, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts